The Game and Will.i.am literally had a hand in history being made as rival Southern California gang leaders met at the Church of Scientology Community Center in South Los Angeles to discuss making peace on the streets.
After The Game sent an invitation on Instagram which read, “On behalf of [email protected], & the honorable @louisfarrakhan,” he called on “all CRIPS, BLOODS, ESE’s & all other gang members, major figures & GANG LEADERS from every hood in our city…to have the much needed conversation amongst ourselves about our influence on the youth in our respective neighborhoods & how we can serve as better role models to them & the brothers we stand beside daily, ” announcements on 92.3 FM/REAL by radio host Big Boy, flyers put out by scores of community groups and churches, and word of mouth, 2,500 people showed up at the summit.
Additional leaders and trendsetters included rapper the Problem, Nation of Islam Minister Tony Muhammad, who organized the event, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Police Chief Charles Beck and religious leaders of diverse denominations.
The gathering of rival gang members, cops, gang interventionists, and the families and friends of gang victims was a peaceful one.
When Minister Tony Muhammad called on all who want peace and unity to raise their fists, every arm was raised. He described what they accomplished this day as being “like the cracking of an atom. It sparked something in everybody. It sparked the spirit of hope that once again we’re at a pivotal point in our history and we can make a difference in our own community.”
In a graphic example of change, a Blood and a Crip took off their red and blue T-shirts, handed them to each other and embraced in friendship.